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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 04:10

Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Thirty Seven

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Appointment as the Khalifah (continued)

After appointing the Shura of six personalities, Hazrat ‘Umar further remarked, “I do not think that the people will regard any person to be as great as Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). These two Sahaabah would sit record the wahi with the instruction of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) at the time when Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) would bring the wahi to him.”

Hazrat ‘Amr bin ‘Abasah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) says:

From the very beginning, I disassociated myself from idol worship and I was completely averse to it. I understood and knew that idols could neither benefit nor harm and were mere pieces of stone.

On one occasion, I met a scholar from the Ahl-e-Kitaab (people of the scriptures i.e. Jews or Christians) and asked him which religion was the best and most virtuous. The scholar replied, “A man will soon appear in Makkah. His religion will be the best religion. He will invite people away from idolatry towards the oneness of Allah. If you happen to find him, ensure that you follow him.”

From that moment, the city of Makkah was constantly in my thoughts. I would enquire regarding the news of Makkah from every person going to Makkah or returning from it until I finally heard of Rasulullah’s (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) appearance.

(To be continued insha Allah)

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/169)

Tuesday, 27 November 2018 04:45

Dua after Janaazah Salaah

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Q: Mufti saheb, can you please explain to me the shar’ee ruling regarding making du‘aa after the janaazah salaah? In certain places, after the janaazah salaah is performed, I see people raise their hands and engage in collective du‘aa for the deceased. Is this practice established in the Hadith? Some people try to prove the practice of collective du‘aa after the janaazah salaah through the following Hadith. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said,

إذا صليتم على الميت فأخلصوا له الدعاء (سنن أبي داود رقم 3199)

“When you perform janaazah salaah upon any deceased, then sincerely make dua for him.”

Does this Hadith refer to making du‘aa for the deceased after janaazah salaah or does it refer to making du‘aa for the deceased in the janaazah salaah?

A: Janaazah salaah, in reality, is a du‘aa for the deceased. Thus, there is no need for an additional du‘aa after the janaazah salaah. The practice of making an additional du‘aa after the janaazah salaah is not established from any Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), nor is it proven from the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum). Hence, when this practice is not established from Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu anhum), this practice will be deemed as an innovation in Deen and must be omitted.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018 04:20

The Most Beloved of Places to Allah

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عن أبي هريرة أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: أحب البلاد إلى الله مساجدها وأبغض البلاد إلى الله أسواقها (صحيح مسلم رقم 671)

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The most beloved of places to Allah are the Masaajid, and the most detested of places to Allah are the market places.”

Tuesday, 27 November 2018 04:16

Securing the Happiness of Allah

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عن عائشة رضي الله عنها قالت: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: من سره أن يلقى الله راضيا (وفي لفظ وهو عنه راض) فليكثر من الصلاة علي (القول البديع ص267)

Hazrat ‘Aa’ishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Whoever wishes to meet Allah Ta‘ala while Allah is pleased with him then he should recite abundant durood upon me.”

يَا رَبِّ صَلِّ وَسَلِّمْ دَائِمًا اَبَدًا عَلَى حَبِيْبِكَ خَيْرِ الْخَلْقِ كُلِّهِمِ

Tuesday, 27 November 2018 04:14

Sunnats of Sitting in a Deeni Discourse – Part Three

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5. One should listen attentively to the speaker.

6. Whilst the Deeni discourse is in progress, one should not be engaged in any other activity other than paying attention to the speaker e.g. looking around, playing with the cell-phone, speaking to someone, fidgeting with something etc.

Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had great love for the Ahl-e-Bayt, the blessed family of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). The following incident sheds light on the loving relationship which they enjoyed. Similarly, it shows the sentiments of indebtedness towards Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and his mubaarak family, the Ahl-e-Bayt, in the heart of Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

Hazrat Husain (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) mentions the following incident which transpired during his childhood:

Once, I came to Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) while he was seated on the mimbar, delivering a khutbah. I ascended the mimbar towards him and said, “Descend from the mimbar of my father (in some reports, “my grandfather’s mimbar”), and go to your father’s mimbar!” Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) gently and lovingly replied, “My father did not have a mimbar.” Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) then picked me up and placed me at his side on the mimbar, where I sat, turning some pebbles in my hand. After he had completed delivering the khutbah, he proceeded to his home with me. He then asked me, “Who told you to come to the mimbar?” I replied, “By Allah, nobody told me.”

Tuesday, 27 November 2018 03:46

The Eight Doors of Jannah

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عن عمر بن الخطاب رضى الله عنه قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم من توضأ فأحسن الوضوء ثم قال أشهد أن لا إله إلا الله وحده لا شريك له وأشهد أن محمدا عبده ورسوله اللهم اجعلني من التوابين واجعلني من المتطهّرين فتحت له ثمانية أبواب من الجنة يدخل من أيها شاء (سنن الترمذى رقم 55)

Hazrat Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Whoever performs a perfect wudhu and then recites the following dua, the eight doors of Jannat are opened for him and he may enter from whichever door he wishes:

أشهد أن لا إله إلا الله وحده لا شريك له وأشهد أن محمدا عبده ورسوله اللهم اجعلني من التوابين واجعلني من المتطهّرين

I testify that there is none worthy of worship but Allah who is alone and has no partner, and I testify that Muhammed (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is His slave and messenger. O Allah! Make me be among those who constantly repent and among those who are extremely pure.”

قال القطب الحلبي: رأيت أبا إسحاق إبراهيم بن علي بن عطية التليدمي وقال لي: رأيت النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم في المنام فقلت: يا رسول الله أسألك شفاعتك فقال: أكثر من الصلاة علي صلى الله عليه وسلم (القول البديع ص267)

Qutb Al-Halabi (rahimahullah) mentions, “I once met Abu Ishaaq, Ebrahim bin ‘Ali bin ‘Atiyyah Al-Taleedami (rahimahullah). He said to me, ‘I was blessed with the mubaarak vision of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in a dream. On seeing him, I said to him, ‘O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! I request you to intercede for me on the Day of Qiyaamah!’ Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, ‘Recite abundant durood upon me.’’”

يَا رَبِّ صَلِّ وَسَلِّمْ دَائِمًا اَبَدًا عَلَى حَبِيْبِكَ خَيْرِ الْخَلْقِ كُلِّهِمِ

Sunday, 25 November 2018 06:22

Caution in Fatwa – Part Two

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‘Amr bin Yazeed was a friend of Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) who lived in Egypt. He narrates the following:

I once said to Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah), “O Abu ‘Abdillah! People travel to you from different lands. They wear out their animals and spend their money in coming to you so that they can ask you their masaa’il and benefit from the knowledge of Deen which Allah Ta‘ala has blessed you with. Thereafter, when they ask you their question, you often tell them, ‘I do not know the answer.’”